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For immediate release:
Monday, May 13, 2013
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, aesposito@citizenscampaign.org


One of Long Island’s three worst toxic offenders down, two more to go

Farmingdale, NY—Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) is celebrating a recent decision by Makhteshim Agan of North America (MANA) to voluntarily prohibit the sale, use, and distribution of a known problematic pesticide, Atrazine, on Long Island. Atrazine is a weed killer that has been identified as an endocrine disruptor and a possible carcinogen, and is the third most prevalent pesticide found in Long Island groundwater. According to the NYS DEC, there have been 124 detections of atrazine in 51 locations in Long Island's groundwater.

“Atrazine is a dangerous chemical that poses an unacceptable risk to public health and the environment on Long Island,” said Adrienne Esposito, CCE Executive Director. “Removing this product from the shelves is an essential first step in protecting Long Island drinking water from unnecessary pesticide contamination. We are delighted by this news.”

The existing inventory of Atrazine will likely remain on retail shelves throughout Long Island before the new restriction takes place, which is anticipated to be in the spring of 2014. While CCE is celebrating the announcement on atrazine; the top two pesticides found in Long Island groundwater, metalaxyl and imidacloprid, have yet to be addressed. CCE continues to advocate that the NYS DEC ban these chemicals.

“While we may have won a battle, we have yet to win the war. CCE is calling on the DEC to do its part to protect Long Islanders from needlessly being exposed to harmful pesticides, and ban Long Island’s worst toxic offenders now,” concluded Esposito.

More information about atrazine:

Atrazine was banned in the European Union in 2004 because of its persistent groundwater contamination. In the United States, however, atrazine is one of the most widely used weed killers, with 76 million pounds of it applied each year. Numerous scientific studies have identified atrazine as an endocrine disruptor and a possible carcinogen. In August 2009, atrazine was prominently featured in The New York Times as a potential cause of birth defects and low birth weights when consumed at concentrations below federal standards.


Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by bsmith  5/13/13